HOST LEADERSHIP GATHERING
7th-9th June 2021
Come and join us at the
HLG 2022 in Milan
HLG 2023 in Vienna
The Brea(d)th of Hosting
7th-9th June 2021
Come and join us at the
HLG 2022 in Milan
HLG 2023 in Vienna
The Brea(d)th of Hosting
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We would be delighted to welcome you to the Online Host Leadership Gathering 2021. Even if the Corona pandemic keeps us from the planned meeting in Vienna this year – we will make up for it in June 2023 – we still want to gather, to share our passion for Host Leadership. Therefore, we will hold a 3-day online gathering from June 7th-9th, 2021. Together, we will have three days full of inspiration, co-creation, learning, acting, observing and reflecting about the brea(d)th, impact and meaning of Hosting and Host Leadership in your working environments.
You can participate for as little as 99 Euro (plus 20% VAT) for all three days – without travelling, no matter where you are located. Of course, you can jump in and out according to your needs and possibilities.
“I am very much looking forward to the Host Leadership Gathering where I will no doubt resonate with others attending to grow my knowledge and practice of host leadership, which very much aligns to my own values. Being able to share my skill set with fellow participants in a workshop, will hopefully allow them to enhance their negotiation skills and slow down time in an ever pressured world, driven by targets. I know the Gathering will be hugely beneficial for all that attend.”
Hosting is an ancient yet modern art to build relationships with others. The act of inviting someone, of welcoming them, of responding to their needs whilst taking responsibility for their safety offers a frame through which many dimensions of leadership can be viewed.
Think of yourself as a host, and the others involved as your guests. Imagine, how this idea will change behaviour.
One of the most important aspects of leading as a host is the art of stepping forward – and then stepping back. People expect leaders to step forward – after all, that is how they get attention, get their message across, begin to engage with people. Good hosts know, however, that it is equally important to step back, to allow space for others to engage, for people to connect, for multiple conversations to develop. When good leaders step back, they are not simply vanishing from the scene. They are alert, aware, looking around, talking to different groups, seeing how things are going. That is how they know when to step forward again, and in which role.
In Host Leadership, we talk about roles (instead of rules). A role is something you take on when needed and hosts change roles often, depending on the circumstances. The six roles are: Initiator – getting things moving, Inviter – involving others, Space Creator – building the context for interaction, Gatekeeper – negotiating the boundaries, Connector – link people and expertise together and, of course, Co-Participator – leading AND joining in.
Learn more about Host Leadership at http://hostleadership.com/ and in brief through this article Lead as a Host not a Hero – Leadership that Builds Engagement and Performance by Mark McKergow.
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The gathering offers online formats and modes of work for every participant and inclination to choose from. e.g. small, more intimate workshops, larger-scale presentations and lectures, etc.
Monday, June 7th
Together with Mark McKergow, the creator of the Host Leadership Model and our esteemed colleague Rolf Katzenberger, we will introduce you to the Host Leadership Model, its roles, positions and movements in an interactive workshop. Depending on how you want to use Host Leadership in your everyday life, you will learn the basic elements of this approach, reflect on your own leadership work and get new ideas on how to teach Host Leadership to others.
Tuesday, June 8th
On the second day of our online gathering, you can expect exciting presentations and short workshops from experts and experienced practitioners on the topics of “hosting” and “leading”. For example, we are looking forward to Hani El Sharkawi, an experienced hotelier and former director of the Sacher Academy in Vienna, who will share with us the fine art of hosting. And to Andrew B Brown from Scotland, a retired Commander, Chief Inspector, who will reveal to us how the aspects of hospitality lead to success even in serious crisis negotiations. Of course, we are also looking forward to all the other great speakers, such as Julia Rupp, consultant from Germany, who will present how you can invite change into your company as a guest – and what differences this makes. If you would like to contribute something exciting to the topic, please send us your idea by May 24th!
Wednesday, June 9th
After all the exciting learning content, lectures and workshops, we will open the Open Space on the third day – a format in which you can co-design the agenda of this day according to your mood. You reflect on your ideas and your practice together with others and deepen your personal fields of interest.
Allow yourself 3 days of reflection and learning time at the world’s first online host Leadership Gathering and connect with experts in modern leadership and solution focus from around the world. Enjoy the fact that you can enjoy and keep up with the whole programme in cosy socks and at the touch of a button, completely without having to pack your suitcase and spend time travelling. Get to know a completely relaxed and interactive way of online-gathering and have fun developing your user skills of the online tools we use.
Be our online-guest from June 7th-9th, 2021.
We would be more than happy to welcome you to this event. Nobody else has your experiences, your ideas, your visions and your questions that can enrich us all so much. Let’s take an important step together towards “cooperative leadership” and establish the idea of hosting and being a guest in the world of work. And we can hardly wait to look at the future of cooperation anew.
We work on a new schedule.
In this workshop-style session you can learn about host leadership and experience hosting as well.
We will give our best to create an inviting learning environment and to support you to connect with the topic as well as with the other participants.
Luxury hotels strive to create unique experiences and exceed their guests’ expectations to create WOW moments and turn their customers into loyal patrons who keep coming back. Let me take you behind the scenes of the international luxury hospitality industry and explore how passionate leaders empower their employees to delight their guests.
The “User`s guide to the future” is a powerful model developed by Mark McKergow for Solution-Focused and hosting working with the future. In our session, we will explain the model and demonstrate in live coaching how clients find signs of progress facing challenging and complex projects.
After the session, SF practitioners will be able to work with the model in coaching or team coaching situations. They can support clients in stuck and tough situations by focusing strongly on signs of progress. Leaders will have some fresh ideas on how to plan and steer complex projects in an SF (and very agile) way - together with their team. In a stance of Host Leadership, they will be able to better accept uncertainty. One participant will have the chance to be supported in a challenging situation by a coach and find tiny signs of progress to take home with.
Describing Host Leadership is a good way to learn it. Feeling it is an even better one: in this workshop, we will explore different ways of being a Host by using systemic structural constellations to simulate possible scenarios. You will learn good and bad ways of being a Host by feeling them in your body!Learning Outcomes:The participants will own a richer way to discuss and teach about Host Leadership as well as new tools to coach leaders.
Small startups, international corporations, political activist campaigns or solopreneurship – in our colorful careers we have dived deep into various settings and experienced (and lived) the good, the bad and the ugly of leadership. Why do some leaders inspire so effortlessly, while others struggle to be met with trust? From our standpoints as coaches, we will explore the superpower of authenticity with you and share some tools that can help you get there.
This is a workshop with many questions – and a few answers. Why do some communities have a reputation for being a good host? And why are some known as hostile? Who determines a community’s hosting culture? Why does it change? How does community leadership shape its culture and display it?
From the perspective of Cities of Sanctuary UK, we will look at 3 communities: Vienna, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in rural France, and Lichfield in Middle England. You’ll be asked to consider: What do we need to know to be a good host? And to feel a welcome guest? How does a community – and your community – present itself? What is Vienna’s reputation as a hosting city? What are its stories? What about a small French town in the Auvergne, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon? Its Story?
Lichfield in England: What is its image? How hospitable is that? How can a small group of idealists set about changing a culture? And how about the community where you live? Is there anything you would like to do to change that? What is a City of Sanctuary?
A curious connection has grabbed our attention in the Intercultural and the Host Leadership strands of our work. The idea of shared ground between the two – conceptual and practice-oriented – has come about as an outcome of Leah’s current work with “globe-trotting” senior executives from global and transnational companies, and Rachel’s and Leah’s work in higher education with internationally networked students and colleagues.
In our conversations with students, colleagues and executives we often arrive at issues concerning their performance as leaders in the varying organisational and cultural contexts they find themselves in. They want to engage with the sensitivities of the people on their teams and in their circles of interaction, and to draw them in, in culturally appropriate ways. Delving into large-scale cultural dimensions theories as part of the traditional cross-cultural training agenda is less likely to help in their day-to-day dealings with colleagues, peers and clients. Rather, they are keen to develop and amplify the spaces in which they interact with others in practical ways.
And precisely here is the point where we can employ ideas from Host leadership and Zones of Interculturality . Host leading is about building relationships – at work, in education, in the community, in society, at home – to engage with others. Equally, engagement with people is a key ingredient in intercultural interactions. Another common thread is a shared emphasis on the dynamics of performance. Stepping into and out of the six host leading roles and dealing one’s identity cards in zones of interculturality, both manifest themselves as work ceaselessly in progress.
We offer to host a 90-minute session in which we explore together some commonalities between Host Leadership and Zones of Interculturality. We hope that the opportunity of beginning to construct common ground between Host Leadership and Zones of Interculturality offers a firm foundation for us to think further and improve our practice at the intersection between these fields.
Host Leadership helps us combat the time-bound and pressure-driven world of KPI’s, where stress, social media and the unrelenting pace of chasing targets means that our focus on our own agenda drives our inability to effectively listen to others. Adhering to the traditional questioning method of gaining information can often let others feel like they are being interrogated to provide information and naturally leads to creating barriers in conversation. In this session, you are going to learn how to de-construct negotiations and hone your skills in facilitating that tactical negotiation to achieve that win-win result.
The creation of the Behavioural Change Staircase by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the early 1970s paved the way for law enforcement negotiators to effectively de-escalate and negotiate with others in crisis to bring about a peaceful conclusion to a critical event. Based on social science and practitioner experience this model of engagement has many parallels with the framework upon which Host Leadership was created. Importantly, both approaches are effective in creating space, building trust and in achieving resolution for both parties.
As children in the formation of our speech and understanding of the language, we actively listen, picking up on keywords and phrases that our parents use. Remember how we tell that bedtime story to our children; we use our voice to ‘paint the picture’ and take them on that journey of discovery. It is not what we say, but how we say it. However, as we enter adolescence we are distracted by social media, external and internal pressures that often impact on our ability to listen effectively.
By initiating dialogue, we can skillfully use the seven techniques in active listening to create space for others to open up and disclose emotions, feelings and information. Our own life experience can be a very effective tool in being empathic towards others and it is this combined with active listening that allows us to make that vital connection that builds the foundation for trust.
Emotions play a significant part in our decision-making and it is our ability in dialogue not only to control our own emotions but to recognise the emotions of the person or group with whom we are engaging. When emotions run high or low our effectiveness in negotiations is diminished as those respective emotional states do not create the space for rational conversation. So, recognising the optimum emotional balance helps us to create the right environment to make that connection.
Creating space through active listening and empathy, we naturally begin to build rapport, when the dialogue flows with ease and we discover the deeper issues. In doing so, the temptation is to problem solve for the other person, but like Host Leadership, that is not our goal. By solving the problem for the other person(s) we only provide a solution, but they have no ownership of it and therefore are less likely to implement it. Our objective is to help guide the person(s) to their own problem-solving solution; we only encourage the thinking and dialogue.
In this rapport stage that we can begin to use the power of influence and persuasion; a subject that has been studied since ancient times where Aristotle defined his three pillars of persuasion as Ethos, Pathos and Logos. Often it is at this stage that we become impatient for change and start talking too much, but the power of suggestibility is a seed that is sometimes best left to germinate in the mind of others until it bears fruit.
The science behind influence is not surprisingly underpinned by active listening and it is how we use the principles defined by Robert Cialdini of reciprocity, commitment and consistency, social proof, authority, liking and scarcity to influence others. Often at this moment, when we can see the goal, that we allow pressure to build that then spirals us into not listening as we become focused on our own agenda.
A blend of Host Leadership and tactics used from the crisis negotiation world can effectively buy us time to consider best options and to make the best decisions; ones that are underpinned by knowledge, information and that connection with the other person(s). Not succumbing to the pressures of demand with an assigned deadline, allow us to calmly deal with the pressure of the situation as we act as our own gatekeeper to our decision-making.
As we move towards behavioural change, we recognise that we need to keep that connection strong through active listening, empathy and rapport as we start to see the effect of our influence and persuasion. We are a co-participator at this point as we guide the person(s) to a mutually agreeable solution that works for all and in this, we keep going until we have observed the fruits of our negotiation.
Participants will learn the theory and tactics behind high-pressure negotiations and through immersive exercises how to buy time for improved decision-making that leads to a win-win result.
Aimed at those who wish to build an in-depth knowledge of effective negotiation techniques that help in the everyday working environment, by teaching participants the following skills:
The participation at the Host Leadership Gathering 2021, three days of learning and sharing, will be possible for just 99 Euro (+20% VAT).
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